Oxford United get dramatic 3-2 win over Portsmouth in League One

Oxford Line-up and Stats

LEAGUE ONEKassam Stadium
Sat 5 Feb 2022Attendance: 10373
Oxford United3Portsmouth2
13Jack Stevens
4Ciaron Brown ⬇️ 55′
16Luke McNally ⚽
5Elliot Moore ?
42Steve Seddon ? ⬇️ 90+8′
23Billy Bodin ⬇️ 87′
26Herbie Kane ?
8Cameron Brannagan ⚽ ?
7Ryan Williams ⬇️ 63′
10Mark Sykes
9Matt Taylor
1Simon Eastwood
15John Mousinho ⬆️ 90+8′
18Marcus McGuane ⬆️ 87′
14Anthony Forde
27Nathan Holland ⬆️ 55′ ⚽
28Oisin Smyth
11Sam Winnall ⬆️ 63′

Oxford United vs Portsmouth Match Report

January deadline day loan signing Ciaron Brown made his debut in the rearranged game with Portsmouth, and manager Robinson played a 3-5-2 formation to accommodate the extra centre back.

The Northern Irish international joined with his compatriot Oisin Smyth, who was given a spot on the bench as Oxford aimed to solidify their playoff position against Pompey.

The opposition had number 1 and Republic of Ireland International keeper Gavin Bazunu inbetween the sticks, but it took just 6 minutes for Billy Bodin to make his mark as Luke McNally headed in his corner.

Portsmouth were not going to lie down though, and in the 10th minute they also scored with their first chance as Michael Jacobs fired past Stevens who has not kept a clean sheet since the 19 October when Oxford beat Shrewsbury 2-0.

The U’s task was made easier when Joe Morrell was shown a straight red after a bad foul, and they tried to make the extra man count.

The Bodin/McNally double act were the first to get close, as from a well-worked corner the defender was denied his second of the game with a block.

Sykes missed a good chance, and Brown almost had the fairy-tale when he headed another Bodin corner wide. The Yellows upped the pressure as Brannagan, Kane and Sykes all had chances but the sides went into half-time level despite the domination and having 78% of the possession, 8 corners and 14 shots on target.

The restart was delayed by a medical incident in the tunnel which required police, paramedics, a stretcher and an ambulance.

The delay might have upset momentum for the U’s, as they were caught napping on the counter and the defence all at sea as Ronan Curtis side footed past Stevens in the 51st minute and the first attack of the second half. The defensive line was nowhere to be seen and like the first goal, the defenders had been sucked out of position.

Despite having some more chances with Bazunu saving well from Brannagan twice. It was clear the three at the back wasn’t working, so off came Brown and Nathan Holland came onto the left wing to allow Seddon to drop back and assumingly have Williams at right wing-back.

With the extra man advantage the chances kept coming, Branngan fired over and Sam Winnall came on for Williams to have only 3 recognised defenders for the U’s on the pitch in McNally, Moore and Seddon, the latter have a poor game. With Forde on the bench it was a bit of a head-scratcher.

With so many attacking players the chances continued to line up with McNally, Holland, Sykes, Brannagan and Kane all having a go. But the U’s were still unable to breakthrough despite still having 79% of the possession and 17 shots on target, and the final whistles going elsewhere with still 10 minutes to go.

It was clear Oxford needed something special, and man of the match Cameron Brannagan delivered in the 82nd minute with a brilliant effort from distance and a goal of the month contender.

Game on, and McNally and Seddon had chances and the 4th officials board declaring 10 minutes of injury time got the crowd roaring for a late winner.

6 minutes in to injury time and Oxford had their 26th shot on target. Nathan Holland picked up the ball, cut inside and unleased a long drive in off the post. Cue pandemonium in the stands and on the pitch.

The U’s up to 5th after a great win, and there was even time left for the 4th sub for each side for concussion.

League One Table

3MK Dons305517
5Oxford Utd305318
7Sheff Wed29499
18Lincoln City2831-5


Oxford United Fixtures and Results 21/22

08.08.21ACambridge UnitedLeague OneD1-1Match Report
11.08.21ABurton AlbionCarabao CupD1-1Match Report
14.08.21HCharlton AthleticLeague OneW2-1Match Report
17.08.21HCrewe AlexandraLeague OneW1-0Match Report
21.08.21ABolton WanderersLeague OneL1-2Match Report
24.08.21HQueens Park RangersCarabao CupL0-2Match Report
28.08.21HLincoln CityLeague OneW3-1Match Report
31.08.21ACambridge UnitedPapa Johns TrophyL1-4Match Report
04.09.21AAFC WimbledonLeague OneL1-3Match Report
11.09.21HWycombe WanderersLeague OneD0-0Match Report
18.09.21ACheltenham TownLeague OneL0-1Match Report
25.09.21HGillinghamLeague OneD1-1Match Report
28.09.21HAccrington StanleyLeague OneW5-1Match Report
02.10.21ASheffield WednesdayLeague OneW2-1Match Report
05.10.21HStevenagePapa Johns TrophyL1-2Match Report
16.10.21HPlymouth ArgyleLeague OneL1-3Match Report
19.10.21HShrewsbury TownLeague OneW2-0Match Report
23.10.21ABurton AlbionLeague OneW3-1Match Report
26.10.21HSpurs U21Papa Johns TrophyW3-2Match Report
30.10.21HMorecombeLeague OneW3-1Match Report
7.11.21HBristol RoversFA CupD2-2Match Report
13.11.21AIpswich TownLeague OneD0-0Match Report
16.11.21ABristol RoversFA CupL3-4Match Report
23.11.21HFleetwood TownLeague OneW3-1Match Report
27.11.21HRotherham UnitedLeague OneD0-0Match Report
04.12.21ASunderlandLeague OneD1-1Match Report
07.12.21ADoncaster RoversLeague OneW2-1Match Report
11.12.21AMK DonsLeague OneW2-1Match Report
18.12.21HWigan AthleticLeague OneL2-3Match Report
29.12.21HAFC WimbledonLeague OneW3-0Match Report
01.01.22HCheltenham TownLeague OneD1-1Match Report
08.01.22ALincoln CityLeague OneL0-2Match Report
15.01.22AWycombe WanderersLeague OneL0-2Match Report
22.01.22HSheffield WednesdayLeague OneW3-2Match Report
29.01.22AGillinghamLeague OneW7-2Match Report
01.02.22AWigan AthleticLeague OneD1-1Match Report
05.02.22HPortsmouthLeague OneW3-2Match Report
08.02.22AAccrington StanleyLeague OneL0-2Match Report
12.02.22HBolton WanderersLeague OneL2-3Match Report
19.02.22ACharlton AthleticLeague OneW4-0Match Report
22.02.22ACrewe AlexandraLeague OneW1-0Match Report
26.02.22HCambridge UnitedLeague OneW4-2Match Report
01.03.22APortsmouthLeague OneL2-3Match Report
05.03.22HBurton AlbionLeague OneW4-1Match Report
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19.03.22HIpswich TownLeague OneD1-1Match Report
02.04.22APlymouth ArgyleLeague OneL0-1
05.04.22AMorecombeLeague OneL1-2
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15.04.22AFleetwood TownLeague OneW3-2
18.04.22HMK DonsLeague OneW1-0
23.04.22ARotherham UnitedLeague OneL1-2
30.04.22HDoncaster RoversLeague OneD1-1